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Thesis statement location

I strongly suggest (indeed, it's more of a hard and fast rule) that students in my class place their thesis statement at the end of their first paragraph. But during class discussion I mentioned that the very best writers -- professional or experienced writers -- often place their thesis statement at the end of a piece. I argued that while the results can be very effective if properly handled, it is very difficult to control your writing sufficient to maintain your audience's interest all the way to the end.

Laurence H. asked if I could post an example of just such a piece of writing. Here is an example of an essay by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat from August 28, 2011. While I don't necessarily agree with all of his opinions, the point here is how he writes, and he is one of the best.

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Today: 4/21/18

O'Connor's Personal Reading Lists

This is what I’m currently reading:

These aren't books that students are required to read. These are books that are on my personal summer reading list for 2018:

These books were on my summer reading list for 2017:

These books were on my summer reading list for 2016:

These books were on my summer reading list for 2015:

This is what I read over the summer of 2014:

This is what I read over the summer of 2013:

This is what I read over the summer of 2012:

What I read over the summer of 2011:

Some books that students might consider reading prior to taking APUSH:

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